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Welcome to Reach for Change!

We are currently accepting applications to the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition in Rwanda! Apply by 17 November 2017!

Reach for Change works in partnership with socially committed companies around the world to find and support the world's most promising early-stage social entrepreneurs working to improve the lives of children. 

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The application process

Step 1: Sign up

Now: Create a user account. Make a note of your username and password as you will need them again to log in. If you already have a user account from last year's application process, you can log in without creating a new account. Please note, the dates below may be subject to change.

Step 2: Pitch

October 13 - November 17: Log in to your account, complete your personal details and then answer the series of questions about your initiative and how it relates to our core criteria. Submit your application before the deadline.

Step 3: Screening and Background check

18-20 November : We will research the ideas presented in the applications that match our criteria best. At this point we may also contact your references.

Step 4: Decision on semi-finalists and Concept Development Workshop

21-22 November: You will be informed by email of our decision to select your application to the next stage of the selection processIf you are selected amoung our semi-finalists, you will be invited to a Concept Development Workshop to further develop your idea and prepare for the interviews.

Step 5: Interview panel

4 December:  The semi-finalists will go through to the interview; an opportunity to prove your entrepreneurial skills in person.

Step 6: The jury panel

5 December: The most qualified applications will be selected to go through the jury panel that selects the new social entrepreneurs we will invest in.

Important Dates

These dates may be subject to change.

Application deadline:
November 17, 2017

Decision on semi-finalists:
November 20, 2017

Concept Development Workshop (for semi-finalists):
Between November 23 - 26, 2017

Interviews:
December 4, 2017

Jury (for finalists):
December 5, 2017

Our selection criteria

The Problem:

  • Acknowledged by sector experts
  • Strong understanding of the problem and the context around the problem

The Solution:

  • Should fit into one of the following themes: Digital Inclusion or Financial Inclusion
  • Should create meaningful social impact for children
  • Impact strategy should be in place
  • System change strategy should be in place

The Product:

  • Uses mobile or digital technology at its core
  • Must have a working prototype in place
  • Must have been tested with potential users

The Entrepreneur:

  • Must demonstrate leadership and entrepreneurial acumen
  • Must demonstrate that he/she is a “good fit” for support from Tigo and Reach for Change
  • Must demonstrate that he/she is honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • Must be to working full time on proposed solution

The Organisation:

  • Must be at an early growth phase
  • Must have strong potential for Financial Sustainability
  • Must have a strong team
  • Must have robust operations
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Get help preparing your application

Download the Application guide (pdf).

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